Friday, January 30, 2009

New Artists Silent Auction at Like the Spice!

One of Us, One of Us, One of us!

We have some new inductees to our coven of artistry here at Like the Spice! Reuben Negron and Noa Charuvi will be exhibiting works for our First Friday's New Artists' Silent Auction on February 6th, 2009 from 7-9pm. Come for a cocktail and to bid silently on their gorgeous paintings.

Noa Charuvi was born in Jerusalem, Israel, but lives and works in New York City. Her work contains a sense of documentation but also of universality, since the places in the paintings are not anchored to a specific event.

Her paintings present the absurdity of that reality, but at the same time create a composition of color and shape that is purely formal, evoking beauty and harmony. The experience of the work is therefore a mix of pleasure and terror. In all her work, she skillfully pulls the realism out of her subjects, and selectively applies abstractions.
Reuben Negron was born in Florida, raised in the Bronx and entered adulthood in Connecticut. He began studying theater and set design at an early age but embraced the challenge of watercolor while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Of his work, he says "I have always been interested in the domestic and the mundane. Interpersonal relationships, the unseen and the under-appreciated have always been represented in my work. I often use shared experiences as a way to draw closer a seemingly disparate world.

In some of his work, viewers were are invited to invent or "finish" the stories for themselves thereby becoming part of the narrative process. The result, as they essentially take ownership over part of the creative process, is an elaborate emotional play between the image and the audience that is rooted at the very heart of storytelling.

A second series, Dirty Dirty Love™ is a frank look at modern relationships. This series aims to challenge social expectations by presenting taboo subjects in a mundane light.

Well, that's it for now! See you on Friday!

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